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World’s Smallest Motor: The McLellan Micromotor

August 15, 2017

In 1959, Dr. Richard Feynman, the famous Caltech physicist, issued a challenge that effectively ushered in the field of nanotechnology. He offered a $1,000 prize to anyone who could make…

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The Founding of Pasadena’s Schools

August 9, 2017

  Pasadena Unified School District Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) had its humble beginnings in September 1874 in the parlor of William Clapp’s small house on South Orange Grove Avenue.…

Green palace car in front of factory

All Aboard!: Riding the Rails with Colonel G.G. Green

August 2, 2017

Imagine traveling cross country in your own private palace car. That is how early Pasadena promoter and patent medicine manufacturer Col. George G. Green crossed America in the late 1800s. When…

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The Games People Play

July 26, 2017

If you have ever matched your skill – or luck – at the gaming table, you’re not alone. For most of us games are pleasant pastimes on a rainy afternoon,…

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Summer 2017 Edition of the Collections Quarterly

July 19, 2017

Archives Feature – Going Places with Frank Purcell In 1949, as California was celebrating its centennial, Pasadena’s Indiana Colony was turning 75. That year, The Independent featured a series, “The…

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Cooking with Eva: Vintage Recipes from the Archives

July 12, 2017

Amongst the cookbooks in the Fenyes Mansion are handwritten vintage recipes from a century ago. Some of Eva Scott Fenyes’ recipes include almond puffs, brandied peaches, Indian griddle cakes, oatmeal…

Port Said by Eva Scott Fenyes

Reading with Eva Fenyes

July 6, 2017

Looking for something a little different to read this summer? Well, Lizzie Steidel, Pasadena Museum of History’s Collections Intern, is sorting and cataloging hundreds of artifacts stored in the Fenyes…

onion fire article

A Stink in West Pasadena

June 28, 2017

For many in West Pasadena, a reason to celebrate arrived a few days before the Fourth of July in 1899. Shortly after 9 p.m. on June 30, “residents of the west…

Beach sketch by Eva Scott Fenyes

Beaches: Watercolors and Sketches by Eva Fenyes

June 21, 2017

Several years ago, Collections staff posted a progressive exhibit of beach art using watercolors and sketches by Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930) on the Museum’s Facebook page.  The images were also…

A.J. Calabu and #D chalk crayons

Beautiful Ephemera: Chalk Festival Street Painting

June 14, 2017

I am an artist, and I know that making art, while enriching and enlivening, can also be an intensely solitary process. Think of a painter in her studio who mixes…